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We have a tendency in these islands – particularly in England – to prefer our history packaged as 'heritage'. Pageantry and grandiose words may easily replace rigorous and realistic analysis with a warm fuzzy feeling. It can also make us look both foolish and false.
When Gordon Brown became Prime Minister in 2007 I was initially quite pleased. Since both he and David Cameron (then Leader of the Opposition) were parents of disabled children, I thought their experience might a make a real difference.
Yesterday (26 March 2015) was the last full session in the House of Commons before the General Eection period starts. Most such days go unmarked, but the grubby politics that surrounded the decision to change the rules on Speaker elections are likely to be remembered for a long time to come.